Vandy holds on to beat Lipscomb, 72-62

Posted on 21 November 2014 by Allen


After falling behind early, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team fought its way to a one-possession game with 10 minutes to play but couldn’t keep pace with the hot-shooting Commodores of Vanderbilt down the stretch in a 72-62 loss inside Memorial Gymnasium Thursday night.

“I told our guys after the game that losing is never okay but we encountered a big deficit on the road in the SEC and we fought back more than once to give ourselves a chance,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “You don’t want to build confidence after a loss, but I told our guys we were a significantly better team despite the loss than the one that started the game.

“We grew up a lot and we came together a little bit. We fought back and closed the margin significantly two different times so we do need to carry that over to next game. It counts for nothing walking down tomorrow if we don’t come with the same mentality. We can use it to make us better.”

The Bisons (1-2) struggled from the floor out of the gate and trailed 40-25 at the break before finding their stroke early in the second half.

Martin Smith drained a 3-pointer at the 16-minute mark to pull Lipscomb to within six, 44-38, after starting the half on a 13-4 run.

After getting to within three at 52-49 with 10 minutes to play, the Bisons went cold from the floor, missing on their next eight field goals attempts as Vanderbilt pushed its lead back to double digits.

“I thought our efforts were good on both halves,” said Alexander. “In the first half we couldn’t get baskets to fall. The deficits were tough on our guys after such a poor performance against Belmont on Monday. To get down so much in a hurry, for our guys to battle back through that I was really impressed.”

J.C. Hampton led the Bisons with 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting. After sitting the first two games, Malcolm Smith saw his first action of the year after checking in five minutes into the game. He quickly got a steal and made a free throw. Malcolm Smith finished the night with seven points and six rebounds.

Vanderbilt center Damian Jones led all scorers with 21 points leading the Commodores to a 30-18 advantage in points in the paint.

The Commodores return to Memorial Gym Sunday to play TSU.

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